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  • The S.S. Gene Cernan OA-8 Cygnus arrives at ISS

    Derek RichardsonNovember 14th, 2017

    After a two-day trek, Orbital ATK’s OA-8 Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station. The vehicle was berthed to the outpost at 7:15 a.m. EST (12:15 GMT) Nov. 14, 2017, and will remain attached for several weeks.

  • “…We shall return!” S.S. Gene Cernan lifts off from MARS’ Pad 0A

    Jason RhianNovember 12th, 2017

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — With no wayward pilots to ruin their efforts, NASA and Orbital ATK sent the S.S. Gene Cernan (Cygnus CRS OA-8E) to orbit atop an Antares rocket from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at 7:19 a.m. EST (12:19 GMT) on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, on the OA-8 mission bound for the International Space Station.

  • Antares OA-8 launch scrubbed

    Lloyd CampbellNovember 11th, 2017

    The Orbital-ATK Antares 230 rocket with the S.S. Gene Cernan (Cygnus CRS OA-8E) spacecraft atop was poised for liftoff from NASA's Wallops Island Flight facility this morning at 7:37 a.m. EST (12:37 GMT), but the launch was aborted "due to aircraft in the restricted area" – according to the company's statement.

  • SFI LIVE: Orbital ATK Antares with OA-8 Cygnus

    Jason RhianNovember 11th, 2017

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., -- NASA and Orbital ATK are planning to launch the S.S. Gene Cernan, OA-8 Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station atop an Antares 230 rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad 0A sometime in a five minute long launch window that opens at 7:37 a.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 11. SpaceFlight Insider's exclusive Live Show will begin at 7 a.m. EST.

  • S.S. Gene Cernan set to conduct cargo run to International Space Station

    Lloyd CampbellNovember 10th, 2017

    WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, Va. — NASA and Orbital ATK are preparing to launch some 7,385 pounds (3,350 kg) of cargo, crew supplies, and experiments to the International Space Station. The mission is currently scheduled to fly on Nov. 11, 2017, at 7:37 a.m. EST from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's Pad-0A.

  • Orbital ATK successfully tests first motor case for Next Generation Launch Vehicle

    Ocean McIntyreNovember 10th, 2017

    Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, successfully reached another milestone last week in its development of an advanced solid rocket engine program to be used in intermediate- and large-class launch vehicles.

  • Orbital ATK launches fleet of SkySat Earth observation satellites

    Ryan ChylinskiOctober 31st, 2017

    Orbital ATK’s Minotaur-C roared into the sky at 2:37 p.m. PDT (21:37 GMT) Oct. 31, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Halloween-day launch carried six of Planet Lab’s SkySat high-resolution imaging satellites and four Dove CubeSats into a Sun-synchronous orbit 310 miles (500 kilometers) above the Earth.

  • Minotaur-C scheduled for Vandenberg launch on October 31

    Paul KnightlyOctober 25th, 2017

    Six SkySat imaging satellites are now set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California this coming Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 2:37 p.m. PDT. The launch will utilize an Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket.

  • Gallery: Cygnus OA-8 named after late Moonwalker

    Derek RichardsonOctober 21st, 2017

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — The next Cygnus spacecraft bound for the International Space Station has a name: The S.S. Gene Cernan. Liftoff of the soda can-shaped spacecraft is currently scheduled for 7:37 a.m. EDT (11:37 GMT) on Nov. 11, 2017.

  • Orbital ATK eyeing new date for Minotaur-C launch with SkySat

    Jason RhianOctober 12th, 2017

    Wanting a chance to further verify and carry out routine testing of their Minotaur-C rocket, the Dulles, Virginia-based firm Orbital ATK announced on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, that it has requested a later launch date for the solid-propellant fueled rocket. At present, a new launch date is not available. 

  • Insider Exclusive: The people and parts of NASA’s EM-1 mission

    Jason RhianOctober 1st, 2017

    PROMONTORY, Utah — NASA is eyeing a 2019 launch for its new super-heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft. While some of the systems are so-called legacy hardware, they have never been flown in this configuration without a side-mounted shuttle and with a mandate to take crews far beyond low-Earth orbit. For each mission, NASA is not only relying on the parts to guarantee its astronauts travel safely to these distant destinations but also people who work every day to ensure these components are as reliable as possible.

  • MEV-1 working to expand spaceflight revolution, extend on-orbit operations

    Jason RhianSeptember 19th, 2017

    It was once believed that the first stage of a rocket couldn't return to the launch site. On Dec. 22, 2015, this was shown not to be so. At the close of the Shuttle era, another long-held line of thinking was also shown to be outmoded. Now, Orbital ATK is working to expand efforts to have satellites be refueled and repaired while on orbit.

  • Reports: Purchase of Orbital ATK by Northrop Grumman could be imminent

    Jason RhianSeptember 18th, 2017

    Reports appearing on Reuters, Bloomberg, and elsewhere are noting that Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK could be purchased by defense contractor Northrop Grumman. The buyout could take place as early as Monday, Sept. 18. If this takes place, it would be just the latest merger stretching back to the earliest days of the Space Age.

  • Boosters for NASA’s Space Launch System complete avionics test

    Lloyd CampbellSeptember 7th, 2017

    The solid rocket boosters that will power NASA's new Space Launch System super-heavy-lift rocket away from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B took another step toward flight today when Orbital ATK announced that the avionics system which will control the new boosters has completed its qualification testing.

  • Orbital ATK launches ORS-5 space surveillance satellite atop Minotaur IV

    Curt GodwinAugust 26th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Operationally Responsive Space 5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, alternately known as SensorSat, lifted off on an Orbital ATK Minotaur IV rocket at 2:04 a.m. EDT (06:04 GMT) Aug. 26, 2017, from long-dormant Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Florida coast. The satellite was placed into a low-Earth orbit (LEO).